Students will examine business objectives, marketing, finance, production and growth. They will research business behaviour in the local community, national and international contexts. The course requires a substantial amount of reading and writing.
In Year 9 the focus of the year is on Melksham businesses. This will mean visits to local firms such as Boomerangs and Christie Miller. Students will be working in groups to produce reports on various aspects of business. They will also be encouraged to be enterprising so they can run their own mini-businesses. The Christmas market and summer fete are ideal opportunities to test their selling skills.
In Years 10 and 11, more practical skills of GCSE will be introduced and the emphasis will shift to exam technique. At the end of Year 11 students will sit two exams based on the topics taught in years 9, 10 and 11. The course also aims to fully integrate the use of information technology into Business Studies.
An appreciation of the business world is necessary for students aspiring to any career, and especially one in industry, banking or other professions. Developing the ability to use computers with confidence and accuracy will provide a sound foundation in a world which is increasingly dominated by information technology.
Units covered throughout the 3 year course
- Enterprise - Spotting a Business Opportunity
- Setting up a business
- Making an Effective Start-up
- Understanding Customers
- Effective Financial Management
- Effective People Management
- The Economy
- The Wider World
- Good levels of Literacy
- Good levels of Maths
- Good Team working skills
- Good organisation skills
- Good communication skills
GCSE Business Studies
A level Economics (B)
The course combines elements of both Business Studies and Economics. The course is split into modules:
AS Theme 1: Markets, Consumers and Firms
The unit covers the characteristics students would need to develop to be successful in business and how new or existing businesses generate their product or service ideas and test them through market research. Students should also consider the competition in the market; the economic climate; how the business might be financed and how much revenue the idea might generate.
AS Theme 2: The Wider Economic Environment
This unit considers the market that the business may be operating in; how competition in the market and macroeconomic change is likely to affect it and how businesses can seek to minimise uncertainty throughout their actions.
A2: Theme 3: The Global Economy
The aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the world of international business and issues which a company trading internationally would have to consider.
A2: Theme 4 : Making Markets Work
In this unit, students consider why certain markets fail; how government decision making affects the economy and markets in which companies operate, and the income and welfare of private individuals. The unit should enable students to assess why government economic policy can succeed or fail and why regulation of some markets is necessary.
Method of Teaching
This course is based on current events and therefore much use if made of newspapers, magazines and TV programs. In addition, there are many investigations so use is made of the internet and CDROMs. To support students with their studies visits will take place in a local, national and international setting. Wherever it is possible great effort is made to relate the course to the students own experience. In lessons, discussion and debate are important techniques.
Should you do the course?
- Yes, if you are interested in current affairs.
- Yes, if you enjoy problem solving.
- Yes, if you are independent and like to use your initiative.
- Yes, if you are relatively organised
BTEC Diploma in Business
Students must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Math’s and English. GCSE in Business studies would be beneficial but not essential.
You will complete 8 units across the two years:
- Unit 1 - Exploring Business (coursework)
- Unit 2 - Developing a Market Campaign (exam)
- Unit 3 - Personal and Business Finance (exam)
- Unit 4 - Managing an Event (coursework)
- Unit 5 - International Business (coursework)
- Unit 6 - Principles of Management (exam)
- Unit 8 - Recruitment and Selection (coursework)
- Unit 21 - Training and Development (coursework)
The Diploma in Business is a course in which the focus is on the student. Learners will have to carry out investigations, solve problems and draw conclusions. Assignments are set wherever possible on real life situations. Learners will be required to carry out the investigations, visit firms, interview people, read articles in the press and business magazines, use case studies and textbooks.
The course is varied and the emphasis has to be on the vocational element. Part-time work would be an advantage. Students are encouraged to use a variety of I.T. skills particularly for presentation. The internet is a valuable resource for research.
Students taking this option will also take part in the Sixth Form Young Enterprise course delivered during the commentary studies program.
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed by a combination of external exams (45%) and coursework units (55%). The advantage of this is that you will be continually assessed throughout the year, with the opportunity for students to receive feedback on assignments.
Who should take a Diploma in Business?
A person who:
- …prefers a combination of coursework and examined assessments;
- …can work independently;
- …can work as part of a team;
- …can solve problems;
- …can use their initiative;
- …is organised and is able to meet deadlines;
- …has an interest in the way businesses operate;
- …is considering studying a Business course at University.